Sunday Photo Fiction: Regret

152 04 April 17th 2016

It has been a month since the accident. Four weeks of sleepless nights and overpowering guilt. There were days when he prayed for his own death, stuttering though the litany, enveloped by feelings of shame, cowardice and utter anguish. The few times he did manage to fall asleep, he’d awake cursing his existence.

He could vividly picture the front of his car, crash into the figure. That fatal thud haunted his days and ravaged his nights. He had cried, yelled, broken things but no power on earth could rectify that disastrous night. He screamed the words if only countless times in his head. If only he hadn’t gone to that damn party, if only he hadn’t had so much to drink, if only he had left a few minutes later, if only had taken a taxi, if only, if only…..

He had passed by her house an endless number of times and tonight he decided to ring the bell with his bloodstained hands.

Tonight he’d tell his sister that he was the drunk driver who had killed her husband.

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction

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19 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction: Regret

  1. Jenn says:

    Wow, that is the toughest conversation imaginable. I don’t know if I could do it. Great story.

  2. Ohh good story. Packed a lot in there and the ending was perfect.

  3. Lessons learnt in a hard way! A very nice take on the prompt.. 🙂

  4. Steve Lakey says:

    This feels so painful, especially with the final reveal. Great writing!

  5. mandibelle16 says:

    What an awful position to be in. I guess he learnt his lesson — I hope. And eventually, I hope his sister can forgive him. She doesn’t need to lose her brother along with her husband. As hard to do as that might be. Well written. A heart-wrenching situation.

  6. Good story. That would be really rough. It must have been a hit-and-run. He’ll be lucky if she doesn’t turn him in, tell the police. It seems his guilt is eating him and he’ll have to tell. Well done. —- Suzanne

  7. athling2001 says:

    Brave action. I hope it helps them both heal.

  8. Hate him already. I think you did a good jib of putting the feeling of guilt into him.

    The two words, the six letters that could change the course of history. “If Only”. I have always been one for zero tolerance when it comes for drinking. One mouthful is too much.

    I do feel for him though. He could have kept it a secret, but he will probably lose his family as a result. Just goes to show that drink driving affects more than the person driving. Great story.

    • swritings says:

      Better safe than sorry, something he didn’t abide by…that’s so true, he is stuck between a rock and a hard place, confessing, but losing his family in the bargain…but it’s always better to tell the truth and bear with the consequences of your actions rather than live with the guilt….Thank you! 🙂

  9. Felicia Hf says:

    Such a powerful story and a horrible position to be in. Great story!

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